India share economic and humanitarian interests in Afghanistan, says US diplomat

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Washington | Published: February 6, 2018 10:44:02 PM

India further strengthened ties with Afghanistan with the signing of a Development Partnership Agreement last year, he said. "We appreciate these contributions and will continue to look for more ways to work with India to promote economic growth and stability in Afghanistan," Sullivan said.

India, US, AfghanistanIndia share economic and humanitarian interests in Afghanistan

The US and India share economic and humanitarian interests in Afghanistan, a top American diplomat today said, but maintained silence on the security aspect of the Afghan-problem, which has been a big area of concern for New Delhi. During a Congressional hearing, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that India has allocated more than USD 3 billion in assistance to Afghanistan since 2001. India further strengthened ties with Afghanistan with the signing of a Development Partnership Agreement last year, he said. “We appreciate these contributions and will continue to look for more ways to work with India to promote economic growth and stability in Afghanistan,” Sullivan said. He said the US and India “share economic and humanitarian interests in Afghanistan.” Randall Schriver, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, said the US is relying on regional partners, such as India, to increase their economic and humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. “We have been very pleased with India’s increase of non-lethal aid to Afghanistan, and continue to seek opportunities for burden sharing,” he said during the hearing.

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